Zuma: May Mandela's Soul `Rest in Peace'

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Dec. 5 (Bloomberg) -- Nelson Mandela, the freedom fighter who emerged from 27 years in prison to become South Africa’s first elected black president and a global icon of reconciliation, has died. He was 95. (Source: Bloomberg)

Jacob zuma, the president of south africa has just announced that nelson mandela has died.

Let's listen information our nation has lost its greatest son.

Yet, what made nelson mandela great was precisely what made him human.

We saw in him what we seek in ourselves.

And in him we saw so murphy of ourselves -- so much of ourselves.

Fellow south africans, nelson mandela brought us together, and it is together that we will bid him farewell.

Our beloved mativa will be accorded a state funeral.

I have ordered that all flags of the republic of south africa be lowered to half mast from tomorrow, 6 december, and to remain at half mast until after the funeral.

We pay our last respects, and let us conduct ourselves with the dignity and respect that he personified.

Let us be mindful of his wishes and of the wishes of his family . wherever we are in the country and wherever we are in the world, let us recall the values for which he fought.

Let us reaffirm his vision his a society in which none is exploited, oppressed or dispossessed by another.

Let us commit ourselves to strive together, sparing neither strength nor courage to build a unitted, non-racial, non-sexist, democratic and prosperous south africa.

Let us express each in our own way the deep gratitude we feel for a life spent in service of the people of this country and in the cause of humanity.

That is indeed the moment of our deepest sorrow.

Yet, it must also be the moment of our greatest determination, a determination to live as he has lived, to strive as he has strived, and to not rest until we have realized his vision of a truly united south africa, a peaceful and prosperous africa, and a better world.

We will always love you, matiba.

May your soul rest in peace.

God bless africa.

I thank you.

That was the president of

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